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Wisconsin U.S. Senator Baldwin wants President Obama to help with propane crisis

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - U.S. Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin has asked President Obama to get involved in the current shortage of propane fuel.

Baldwin, a Wisconsin Democrat, asked the president in a letter to order the industry to moderate exports so American consumers can have the fuel they need.

Experts blame the propane shortage on a cold winter, a recent pipeline shutdown, and higher than normal use by farmers last fall in drying their crops. Baldwin told the president that some people are paying up $6 a gallon for fuel that cost four times as little during its peak a year ago.

Some suppliers say they only have enough fuel to sell to their own customers without taking on new ones -- and that's leaving some in the lurch.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)